Ginola set to take Blatter on for FIFA presidency

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Former France player David Ginola said Friday he is set to challenge Joseph Blatter for the presidency of football’s ruling body FIFA.

In order to become a candidate, Ginola, who is backed by Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, needs the support of five national federations until January 29 and must prove active involvement in football in two of the past five years.

The former Tottenham and Paris St Germain player Ginola, 47, presented his campaign, saying “The FIFA system isn’t working. The game needs to change” on his campaign website.

Ginola pledged democracy, transparency and equality if he is elected.

Blatter is seeking a fifth term at the May 29 election at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.

FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne of France also plan to run for the top job, and Chile’s Harold Mayne-Nicholls possibly as well.

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